10/27/15

ANN MARG-ROCK: THE SWINGER


The Go-Go-Girlathon seems to have taken a detour (a turn for the better?) thanks to my current Ann-Margaret obsession. Above is the 'title sequence' (sans credits so what the hell are we talking about here?) to her immortal 1966 sex-com 'The Swinger', directed by George Sidney, who also directed her in her Elvis co-starrer 'Viva Las Vegas'. Sidney clearly has an affinity for his starlet--she's at her most relaxed and kittenish in those two movies--and the fact that he retired shortly after making 'The Swinger' suggests absolutely nothing of any importance.

Who was George Sidney you ask? He was the son of an MGM executive named Louis Sidney and as such grew up 'on the lot', apprenticing on 'Crime Does Not Pay' and 'Our Gang shorts in his early twenties, directing his first feature at age 28--an Esther Williams technicolor vehicle called "Bathing Beauty." So many famous film musicals followed (along with four DGA nominations) that it's surprising he's so little thought of today--"Anchors Away", "The Harvey Girls", "Show Boat", "Annie Get Your Gun", "Kiss Me Kate" and, yes "The Swinger."

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  1. Ann Margaret is spectacular, Show business different than movie business different than every
    business. Singing, dancing, playing instruments, A world of its own just makes me want to sing.Dean Martin all those folks the 500 club. A different world than today really. Love Her
    thanks Raymond

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